SJCOG has released the final 2018 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy. After two years of public discussion and technical work, the updated long-range plan is a roadmap for forecasting transportation needs in the San Joaquin region through the year 2042 while adapting to the challenges of future population growth.
The 2018 RTP lays out a plan for investing an estimated $11.5 billion in local, state, and federal transportation funds expected to come into the region over the next 25 years. It also identifies a revenue forecast and a package of transportation investments that meet regional priorities for mobility and transportation needs. The Plan represents the collective vision for the region as voiced by the public, stakeholder groups, and the SJCOG policy board through the extensive public outreach process. The SCS details how the region will reduce greenhouse gas emissions to state-mandated levels over time.
Some highlights from the plan include:
- Expanded ACE service to Ripon, Modesto and Ceres
- 38 percent of investments or $4.5 billion for roadway maintenance, safety and operations
- $320 million for bicycle and pedestrian improvements
The federal government mandates that all Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) plan 20 plus years into the future, and account for all regionally‐significant road, transit, freight, technology, and walking and biking projects in their respective planning areas. Revenue forecasts are based on a conservative growth rate for present‐day funding levels from all federal, state, and local sources. Proposed improvements are intended to help alleviate traffic congestion, provide more transportation choices, improve system operations, and meet the region’s economic development goals over the next quarter century.
The Plan rests on the view that transportation infrastructure is more than just a tool to improve mobility – it is a significant contributor to the overall health, sustainability, prosperity, and character of a place – whether that is a small community or a large metropolitan region.
The 2018 RTP/SCS was adopted on June 28, 2018. Visit the RTP section of the SJCOG website to learn more about the Plan and how you can get involved.